Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump Wanted Top Intelligence Officials To Lie About Evidence Of Russian Collusion

We're starting to lose track of the possibly impeachable offenses piling up on orange shitgibbon Donald "Rump" Trump:
President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. 
Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election. 
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president. (our emphasis)
The highly inappropriate interactions are apparently memorialized, a la James Comey, in an internal, contemporaneous memo by a "senior NSA official" =cough= Adm. Rogers? =cough=, and are likely to be submitted as part of the paper trail in the ongoing FBI and Congressional investigations. The conversations were held sometime after Rump tried to get Comey to shut down the investigation of Russian mole Michael Flynn in February, as well as after Comey's March 20 testimony, in which he reported on the FBI's investigation of links between Rump campaign associates and the Russian government. For someone loudly proclaiming it's all a "witch hunt," Rump sure is showing signs of desperation and giving every appearance of "consciousness of guilt."

We hope it's becoming clearer to more people what's going on here. At least the intelligence community is doing its part to hold the shitgibbon accountable and not participate in his cover- up schemes:
A senior intelligence official said Trump’s goal was to “muddy the waters” about the scope of the FBI probe at a time when Democrats were ramping up their calls for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, a step announced last week. 
Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of U.S. spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues. 
The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,” a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.  (our emphasis)
We've been lucky, in a way, that Rump is so clueless about issues of law, government and ethics that he keeps doing Special Counsel Mueller's work for him, building a public case for his removal from office.

Finally, we'll let a couple of Constitutional law professors sum things up.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley:
 “Perhaps the first time in history you find someone so self-incriminating in the absence of a known crime. It’s like a guy running every time a car alarm goes off — you’re sort of wondering why.”
Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe:

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